- Feb 5, 2011
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i've got a piece of rosewood that is virtually identical to this piece that will get 3 boards out of. was wondering whether or not to use it. i think i will. very very nice.
I had a hard time getting the frets to stay seated in the Morado. Not sure if it was my technique or the piece of wood. I had no such trouble with the ebony board.i've got a piece of rosewood that is virtually identical to this piece that will get 3 boards out of. was wondering whether or not to use it. i think i will. very very nice.
Your furniture work is inspiring. I love how the cabinet doors turned out!Overall, I'm really pleased with how this one turned out and it set me on the path back to my guitars in a way. The complexity really upped my woodworking skills and confidence. I'm also getting faster. This project only took 3 months of nights & weekends. I still could never make money at this because I'm too slow, but that's not the point. I finished it exactly one year ago. Brought it in the house on New Year's Day 2018 if I remember correctly.
Thanks! Inlay takes forever, but I hope to start incorporating contrasting wood inlays into more of my furniture work.Your furniture work is inspiring. I love how the cabinet doors turned out!
Edit: I didn't mean to imply that your guitar work wasn't inspiring. Your inlay work especially is top notch!
Sometimes I spot level with a small piece of 1000 grit paper then go behind it with a 1600 them an 8000 grit polishing pad or equivalent jewelry polishing cloth.We're getting towards the end of the builds and the end of what I took pictures of. I guess I just got in a big hurry at the end and stopped taking photos.
I took a few "glamorous" photos in my messy garage with a lovely vintage folding chair and my overflowing recycling bin as the backdrop. Haha.
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After drilling for the tailpiece I marked out where the bridge should go. I measured everything, but I also did the old "string it up and float the bridge underneath until the intonation is right" thing that so many here have done.
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Taped off the fretboard for probably the fourth time to level and crown the frets. I used my homemade leveling beam - a freshly jointed piece of hard rock maple with 220 grit adhesive backed sandpaper on it. It may not be DEADLY flat, but I checked it with a precision straight edge and it's flat enough for me. It may not stay that way, and I won't try to use it a long time from now without rechecking the flatness, but I'm doing this for fun, I don't need ALL the precision luthier tools. If only money was no object...
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I was not very happy with the performance of the cheaper stew mac crowning file, but this was my first attempt at any fretwork. Ever. I think with one of the diamond files (and a lot more practice) I could do a better job. If I was smarter I would have practiced refretting a few beater guitars before jumping right in on my babies, but I had to learn sometime.
After filing, I worked up through sand paper grits to 1200 then used scotch brite pads, followed by a buffing wheel on my dremel with some rouge. The first time, I managed to bang the spinning collet of the dremel on one of the frets and scratch it up. Stepped back to 320 grit paper and sanded the scratches out. Don't do that again. The final step was buffing the whole fretboard with ultra fine white scotchbrite after taking the tape off.
Overall, I'm pleased with the results. I've had a lot of people play on these two guitars and have had no complaints whatsoever about the fretwork, or anything else for that matter. I did find one spot that is buzzing just a bit on the high E about midway up the neck, but it's very subtle and I can't hear it when amplified. I'm going to wait until summertime and if it still has that trouble, maybe try to spot level that one area. We'll see.
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I used every single tool on this table (including some of the bourbon) to wire up the first of the two guitars. What a mess.
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I have a few more photos of the process to dig out, and I'm going to try to take some halfway decent photos of both guitars in their near finished states to add to this thread when I have some spare time and decent lighting.
I've glued my fingers together a couple of times. When I got my first bottle of the water thin stuff. You do not realize how thin that stuff is until it runs down your fingers. DOAH!!
I've got a good story about some similar adhesive. I worked beside a friend of mine who got an urgent call one day. I saw him take it, drop the phone and walk quickly out the door. When he returned the next day he told me the story. His wife has bad eyesight and has eye drops to moisten her eyes and she keeps them in her purse. She also wears fake nails a lot and also has fake nail adhesive, which is like CA glue in her purse. You get where this is going... Yep, her eyes were bothering her and she reached in her purse and grabbed the bottle, of what she thought were, eye drops. After opening one eyelid and dropping the liquid in she realized that it was not eye drops but the nail adhesive and she'd glued her eye lid to her eye ball. There is no magic for this and she ended up going to emergence and they Q tipped something like acetone under her eye lid, as much as they could, to slowly release her eyelid. I bet that is something you only do once. ;-)
Yeah, that sounds awful. I accidentally gave a friend a paper cut on his eye in collegeThat eyelid thing .. omg. I feel a little sick. I hope she's fine now, that can't have been pleasant :/
Thanks! I feel like my wiring turned out super sloppy on these, but since I intend to pull it all back apart for finishing, I left everything really long. Next time I’ll try to focus on tidy wiring.Dave, those are some gorgeous guitars. I see we belong to the same wiring guild. I wired up some new P90s last night, and my bench looks just like that. The bourbon would have probably come in handy, though. I ran out of Jack Daniels a couple weeks ago....